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Monsters Clash with the Moose at Home

In the seventh of eight meetings between the two teams this season, the Cleveland Monsters, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, drop the puck vs. the Manitoba Moose, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets, on Thursday with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on Alt 99.1 and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 3-4 home loss to the San Antonio Rampage on Sunday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 24-39-7-3 on the season. With a .397 points percentage, the Monsters currently rank seventh in the AHL’s Central Division standings and 15th in the Western Conference standings. Cleveland is led in scoring by C Alex Broadhurst (19-22-41), C Jordan Schroeder (14-18-32), and LW Terry Broadhurst (13-18-31).

MOOSE PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 3-4 home loss to the Bakersfield Condors on Sunday, the Manitoba Moose enter tonight’s game at 40-25-4-4 overall this season. With a .603 points percentage, the Moose currently rank second in the AHL’s Central Division standings and 3rd in the Western Conference. Manitoba is led in scoring by RW Mason Appleton (21-42-63), D Sami Niku (16-37-53), and C Nic Petan (15-37-52).

SEASON SERIES: Thursday marks the seventh of eight games between the Monsters and Moose this season. Cleveland is 2-4-0-0 vs. the Moose overall this season with a -13 goal differential (11/24), while the Monsters are 1-1-0-0 vs. Manitoba at home this season with a -1 goal differential (5/6).

 

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

Matiss Kivlenieks
 OVERALL:      41 GP, (13-20-4), 1 SO, 3.22 GAA, .890 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (27/31) in 3-4 L vs SA (4/8/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      4 GP, (1-2-0), 0 SO, 3.14 GAA, .895 SV%
ON THE ROAD:      19 GP, (6-8-3), 0 SO, .892 SV%

 

Jeff Zatkoff
OVERALL:      16 GP, (4-8-2), 2 SO, 3.17 GAA, .885 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (27/30) in 6-3 W vs SA 4/6/18
HEAD-TO-HEAD: 1 GP, (0-0-0), 0 SO, 5.77 GAA, .750 SV%
ON THE ROAD:      9 GP, (2-5-1), 0 SO, .856 SV%

 

MOOSE GOALTENDERS

Michael Hutchinson
OVERALL:      25 GP, (16-5-4), 1 SO, 2.16 GAA, .934 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (23/24) in 4-1 W vs BAK (4/6/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      3 GP, (2-1-0), 1 SO, 1.68 GAA, .947 SV%
AT HOME:      9 GP, (8-0-1), 0 SO, .953 SV%

 

Eric Comrie
OVERALL:      32 GP, (17-12-3), 2 SO, 2.61 GAA, .916 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (23/27) in 3-4 L vs BAK (4/8/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .966 SV%
AT HOME:      20 GP, (12-6-2), 1 SO, .930 SV%

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • AWARD WINNERS: The Moose boast the AHL’s Coach of the Year (Pascal Vincent) and Defenseman of the Year (Sami Niku), along with three Postseason All-Stars (Niku, RW Mason Appleton – First All-Star Team, G Michael Hutchinson – Second All-Star Team). Additionally, Niku and Appleton were named to the league’s All-Rookie Team.
  • REMEMBER: It was a long time ago, but the Monsters claimed the last meeting between these two clubs in overtime at The Q on February 11th by a 3-2 final score.
  • DAHL’S HOUSE: Monsters C Jefferson Dahl is currently in the midst of a four-game point streak (2-2-4) and a two-game goal streak (2-0-2). Dahl has posted a point in each of the first four games of his AHL career.